Most Educational Anime Category

Anime where you can learn about something in interesting ways.

Cells at Work!

© Akane Shimizu / Kodansha · Aniplex · davidproduction

Tanto Dhaneswara (KAORI Newsline)

This isn’t the first time there is an educational animated series that shows how the human body works. But for this year, Cells at Work! succeeded in popularizing anime with educational content using a really fun story. The comedy, drama, and action brought by davidproduction makes learning about what is happening in the human body does not feel boring. All of them are used in balance with various trivia regarding the functions of body tissues and the various pathogens that are accurately described.

Naufalbepe (KAORI Newsline)

Choosing this anime is very self explanatory. Explaining how our body works with interesting and humorous stories (most of their time). Unfortunately, it’s a late night anime. But even though it is very educational, the late night airtime is not mistaken because some elements of the story can become quite “dark” to be used as an “all ages” show. Still, at the end of the day, this anime is so educational that a teacher in Indonesia used it for class.

R Ikhsan (KAORI Newsline)

The title alone explicitly mentions that we can take lessons about the workings of various cells in our body.

Rezky Amelia (Social Media)

This anime teaches us about the cells in our body and makes us more aware of diseases such as cancer and flu. Who would have thought that something that looked trivial is a big deal for the cells?

Dragon Pilot: Hisone & Masotan


Halimun Muhammad (The Indonesian Anime Times)

Japan’s history of imperialism and militarism in the early 20th century continues to have an impact on the image of Japan’s new armed forces (JSDF) post-World War. In this context, Hisone & Masotan presents an interesting and fresh approach to depicting the JSDF in popular media. This series is not a militaristic propaganda as is often suspected of anime depicting JSDF, but on the other hand, it is not a hateful depiction of the JSDF either. Hisone & Masotan takes us to see the human side of JSDF, to see the personnel in it as ordinary human beings who have their own aspirations to achieve as members of the JSDF, and also their own personal problems, as well as facing issues that are latent in military institutions such as sexual harassment. I think this perspective will be important in order to think comprehensively and fairly about the position of the JSDF to Japan, as well as its position to other countries in the geopolitics of the East Asia region.

Golden Kamuy

Bramantyo Wibisono (Social Media)

Although the story is fictional, the historical setting in Golden Kamuy is still well done. In addition to having characters named after famous samurai who once lived in Japan, this anime also gives a lot of knowledge about Japan, especially about the culture of the Ainu people. As a student taking Japanese Literature major, Golden Kamuy is very educational for me.

Guilty Pleasure Anime Category

Anime that we liked for uncool reasons, “shit that’s good,” and the like.

High School DxD Hero

© Ichihei Ishibumi / Miyama Rei / KADOKAWA / High School D × D HERO Production Committee

Naufalbepe (KAORI Newsline)

Many would see High School DxD as one of the anime with that concentrate the most on girls’ busts. I would not deny that fanservice is a main point of the show, but after four seasons, it has also grown into an excellent shounen battle series. Yes, there is still a lot of fanservice. But the development of the characters and the story have made me consider High School DxD Hero to be one of the best shounen anime in 2018.

The Ryuou’s Work is Never is Done!

©Shirotsuki Shirou/SB Creative/Ryuo’s Work is Never Done! Production Committee

R Ikhsan (KAORI Newsline)

“I can already see the ending” was what probably I had in mind when I thought that this anime was the “worst” in the past year. There is a child heroine asking to be taught to play shogi, then fell in love, and the rival heroine also fell in love. It’s something you probably have seen in many other anime. Honestly, I what makes me stay is seeing the tense shogi matches.

Teasing Master Takagi-san (Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san)

Karim Ibrahim (KAORI Newsline)

I felt surprised that many people like this anime with its cringe moments. Actually, I only watch this as a filler to overcome boredom while waiting for my favorite anime the following week.

Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou (Sunohara-sou no Kanrinin-san)

© Nekoume • Ichijinsha/Sunohara-sou no Kanrinin-san Production Committee

Halimun Muhammad (The Indonesian Anime Times)

One of the anime that I watched this year to relax after work. Seeing the cute shota character with the sweet elder ladies around her was a comforting entertainment for me as an appreciator of oneshota manga. Actually, there are other oneshota titles that I like more than Sunohara-sou. But as an anime adaptation, what I like most about this anime is Eri Kitamura’s performance as Aki, which I think

is very fitting for voicing a moe shota character, evoking the feeling of wanting to protect and also wanting to support him.


© Saburouta · Ichijinsha/ Citrus Production Committee

Dany Muhammad (The Indonesian Anime Times)

Citrus may not be the best yuri anime, but in general Citrus can entertain me even for the wrong reasons. As a drama anime, I can’t feel the turmoil and conflict between interesting characters as I felt with Just Because!. What made me entertained was how the characters behave when they face conflicts that I consider funny. Maybe I am not the target audience of this anime, but the story that’s supposed to be dramatic, just feels silly to me, and that’s what makes me feel entertained.

My Sister, My Writer (Ore ga Suki na no wa Imouto dakedo Imouto Janai)

©2018 Seiji Ebisu, Gintarou / KADOKAWA / Imoimo Partners

Bramantyo Wibisono (Social Media)

Yes, the animation quality in this anime is indeed bad. People are even making memes out of them. Even so, I still watch this brother and sister “soap operas” every week right to the end. The pleasure is certainly the imouto character. Yes. I watch it just because of my own fetish …

Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight

© Mikage Kasuga / Shueisha · Ulysses Partners

Rezky Amelia (Social Media)

The plot of this anime feels like it’s rushed, the characters are weird, and although are many pretty and voluptuous girls around, the main guy instead stays with the loli, and the loli likes him back. But despite those questionable-sounding elements, somehow I still enjoy watching it anyway.

Dark Horse/Underdog Anime

Anime with unexpected contents.

Uma Musume: Pretty Derby

© 2018 Anime Uma Musume Pretty Derby Production Committee

Tanto Dhaneswara (KAORI Newsline)

Before this anime aired, many have thought (including me) that the Uma Musume anime might ended up like some other game / mix-media anime adaptation that failed to be interesting on their own for some reason. But after the show aired, this anime gradually began to be the talk among fans, including among KAORI staff members. After I tried to watch, then I realized that this anime is actually feels like a serious sports anime, complete with various references about the world of Japanese horse racing. The point is, Special Week is really special!

Back Street Girls

© Jasmine Gyuh · Kodansha / Inu-kin Planning

Naufalbepe (KAORI Newsline)

An anime about a trio of yakuza turned into an idol group is not something you see everyday. Though the manga has already finished with 11 volumes in September 2018, but more adaptations are still coming with a live action film. The contrast between the appearance of the idol girl and their yakuza mindset are just hilarious.

Pop Team Epic

© Bkub Okawa/ Takeshobo . King Records

Karim Ibrahim (KAORI Newsline)

An absurd anime that drew some attention and even featured in AFA Jakarta 2018 exhibit. Basically, it’s a shitty anime that makes me say WTF all the time.

Grancrest Senki

© 2017 Ryu Mizuno, Fukayama / Published by KADOKAWA Corporation / Aram Magic Society Association

Bramantyo Wibisono (Social Media)

At first I was hesitant to watch this series. Even in the middle, there are many fans who regret the adaptation of this anime because many scenes from the game were cut, and many details are not explained enough. I also feel the same way, but after watching until about episodes 12 to 13, I discovered the charisma of Grancrest Senki. Finally a lot of stuff are explained so that people who don’t play the game can understand them easily. After the episode, the story became even more interesting. Until the end, there are still many who regret the adaptation of the Grancrest Senki anime. But I myself feel satisfied with this series.

Zombieland Saga

Rezky Amelia (Social Media)

I swear I didn’t expect this anime to be a really cool idol anime. At first I thought the main character would be transported to another world where the zombies live.

Most Booming Anime

Anime that became hot topic among fans.


©DARLING in the FRANXX Production Committee

Tanto Dhaneswara (KAORI Newsline)

A giant robot anime with teenagers seeking to define themselves. Since the beginning, this anime has indeed provoked intense talks on the net because it’s billed as a collaboration between Trigger (which has a strong and vocal “loyal” fanbase) and A-1 Pictures (though the specific branch that works on it has been rebranded as CloverWorks), both highly reputed studios. The debates flared up as the love triangle drama between Hiro, Ichigo, and Zero Two came the focus of the story. The puzzles surrounding the origins of the pilots and the post-apocalyptic world setting which also grabbed the audience’s attention. In the end, the DARLING in the FRANXX managed to steal the attention of many anime fans in Indonesia (and also abroad) when the anime aired with debates that can get really divisive.

Naufalbepe (KAORI Newsline)

Nobody asked for this, to be honest. But yet, A-1/Cloverworks, Trigger, and everyone working on this particular mecha title deserves a great praise. Some old dudes in the business of mecha anime have produced a new face that everyone likes (although the battle for who’s the best girl rages on). This is not the mecha show we deserve, but this is definitely the mecha show we need.

Bramantyo Wibisono (Social Media)

Before I even explain, I think it’s not hard to see why I consider Darlifra to be the most booming anime in 2018. In fact, other KAORI staff have thought the same. But I need to explain more that DARLING in the FRANXX became popular not only because it’s being a “mecha with teenage drama”, or because of the unusual cockpit design. It has to be put into consideration that Darlifra is a collaborative project of two famed studios, TRIGGER and A-1 Pictures. If it was only made by either one of them, the hype probably won’t come to be as big as we have seen.

Rezky Amelia (Social Media)

There are many who make a fuss about why a mecha turns into lovers’ quarrels, even though it’s hardly something new. There are many who likes it, but there are many who are in denial; curious to see where it’d go next even though they thought it is not to their elite taste.

Goblin Slayer

© Kumo Kagyu/SB Creative/Goblin Slayer Production Committee

Karim Ibrahim (KAORI Newsline)

By presenting dark themes, especially featuring disturbing scenes in episode 1, Goblin Slayer has caught the attention of many.

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